First office building in Twin Cities southwest market to earn designation

MINNEAPOLIS (Feb. 8, 2010) – United Properties announced that the U.S. Green Building Council awarded Northland Executive Office Center its LEED Silver Level certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. The United Properties’ owned two-building office complex in Bloomington, Minn. is undergoing renovations and a name change to Northland Center in addition to its recent LEED Silver certification.

The certification recognizes energy-saving efforts related to building exteriors, including base building elements like structure and building-level systems like central HVAC. Key factors contributing to the LEED Silver certification include: conversion to high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, use of green cleaning products and materials, as well as implementation of a building wide employee wellness and education program.

Other United Properties-related buildings that are recognized for energy efficiency include:

  • Four United Properties-owned buildings and one jointly-owned office park totaling nearly two million square feet have earned the ENERGY STAR label.
  • The United Properties’ developed 8200 Tower at Normandale Lake Office Park recently received LEED Gold Level certification for Core & Shell.
  • United Properties’ developed and owned Southpoint Office Center is expected to receive LEED certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance.

A 460,000-square-foot office complex built in 1983, the Northland Executive Office Center is being renamed Northland Center as part of the significant internal renovations and external improvements taking place in 2010.

About United Properties

United Properties, based in Minneapolis, Minn., specializes in commercial real estate development and investment. Since 1975, United Properties has provided development services for the retail, residential, office, medical and industrial sectors. In addition to a large presence in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, United Properties’ Colorado division develops retail, office and flex office properties. Formed in 1916, the United Properties investments group acquires, manages, finances and disposes of the company’s real estate investments, which includes nearly 60 office, medical, industrial and retail assets in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Colorado. For more information, visit (www.uproperties.com).

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